Published on February 19, 2016

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The Visitor Center should be your first stop in the Rockingham County area as the museum and brochures provide an excellent introduction to the area.

The Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center building houses the Visitor Center, the Valley Turnpike Museum, and the Civil War Orientation Center.  The building is located on Route 11, which was formerly called the Valley Turnpike.  The Museum details the history of the Valley Turnpike from its origins as a Native American trail to its development through the Civil War and into the present.  The Civil War Orientation Center provides written descriptions of and films about the Civil War.  The Visitor Center provides brochures on places to visit in the Rockingham and Augusta County areas, including many Civil War sites, and Visitor Center staff members are available to answer questions.  The building was the home of Harrisonburg’s first mayor, Isaac Hardesty.  Union General Nathaniel Banks stayed here for a short while in May 1862.  There is a gift shop on site.


Daily  9am to 5pm

Tour Information:

Group Tours Available

Call the Visitors Center for information on Guided tours in the Area

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:



212 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22664